highfallsff.jpgFirst "HF3 Shorts" Contest Winner to be announced at Filmmaker Celebration Party, Open to the Public Rochester, N.Y. - The Rochester High Falls International Film Festival has announced the names of the top three finalists in its first-ever online short film contest. The contest, introduced in August, offers cash and movie screenings as prizes for unique digital movies three minutes or shorter in length. An expert panel of contest judges, led by renowned local film critic Jack Garner, reviewed all 19 short-film submissions and chose the top three (listed here in alphabetical order by title):
  • "Always Everytime" by Velvet D'Amour
  • "Coming Home" by Joshua Pies and Dave Siriano
  • "The Lake" by Ben Doran
            "We were amazed by the talent and creativity of submissions to the first contest. There were so many perspectives on ‘Coming Home,' it was a pleasure to watch them all," Garner said. "There was significant conversation among the judges to determine the top winners. I'm really looking forward to future contests, to see what else participating filmmakers can create."             All 19 submitted films - which were based on the contest theme "Coming Home" - will be screened and the top winner announced at a special filmmaker celebration party on Monday, Oct. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at One Restaurant & Lounge, 1 Ryan Alley in Rochester's East End.             "The goal of our online short-film contest is to support and encourage new and existing filmmakers year-round," said John Richardson, the Festival's executive director. "It's not only about encouraging filmmaking, but offering screenings and social events at which filmmakers can present and discuss their films and the creative process with fans and others in the business."             The first-place winner of the short-film contest will win $1,000, be screened at the 2010 Rochester High Falls International Film Festival, and receive two all-access passes to the Festival. The second- and third-place films will also be screened at the 2010 Festival, and the filmmakers will receive two all-access passes to the Festival.             More information about the contest, including rules and links to all 19 "Coming Home" submissions, is available at www.RochesterMovieFest.com/hf3shorts. [Note: Original plans had the winning film premiering at Rochester's 175th Anniversary Gala, which was cancelled by the City.] About the Rochester High Falls International Film Festival Since its inception in 2001, the Rochester High Falls International Film Festival has become one of the leading cultural events in Rochester and the surrounding region, boosting tourism with attendees who spend an estimated $1 million in and around the downtown festival sites. The festival, held annually in May, is a lively mix of emerging and well-established talent, with past guests who include Lynn Redgrave, Rita Moreno, Bill Pullman, Robert Forster, Christine Lahti, Angela Bassett, Jane Alexander, Candice Bergen, Joan Allen, Famke Janssen and Sally Kellerman, voice-over actress Nancy "Bart Simpson" Cartwright, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, and Shrek director Vicky Jenson. The Festival's short-film competition, HF3 Shorts, introduced in July 2009, broadens the organization's activities to year-round. Every two months, the Festival accepts entries of three-minutes-or-less short films that correspond to different themes. For more information about the Festival or its ongoing short-film competition, visit http://www.rochestermoviefest.com/. 


Media Contacts: John Richardson, Film Festival 585-279-8307 jrichardson@highfallsfilmfestival.com - or - Barbara Pierce, Film Festival Board of Directors 585-727-1026 barbara.pierce@kodak.com